Cathy and Alex have always wanted to create that feeling of indoor/outdoor that is synonymous with open plan living.
When this style of house was being built in the 90s, the fashion was all about different rooms with nooks and crannies. These days, homes are open plan, and whilst crafting that openness was important to the transformation of this house, it was creating the indoor/outdoor living space that was perhaps the most transformational element in this home.
By altering the functionality of spaces within the backrooms around, I was able to design a kitchen that faced directly into the backyard. The existing, original windows and doors were replaced with Accent Windows black aluminium frames and a large stacker door at the kitchen wall to open the whole area up.
As the kitchen faces west, Outdoor Impressions installed a new pergola structure with from help from Stratco, who added a louvered and fixed roof. The paved entertaining area, was also equipped with Stratco heating and downlights to ensure the space is used year-round, day or night!
To complete the new open air lounge, I chose an Outdoors Domain corner lounge and dining table with chairs. Escape to Paradise outdoor cushions were added for pattern and colour. For that little extra bit of bling that Alex and Cathy love, there is a little solar panel that fuels the LED’s hidden under the seating! Alex can now dance to the blingy lights to his hearts content.
We gave a hint of greenery the the barren dust bowl (called the backyard) with Bunnings garden lights and plants, Outdoor Emporium balcony planters supplied by Yarra Landscaping and Garden Design ). All Alex needs to do is get the landscapers back to finish the job, and this house will be where the party is at!
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Images: Vanessa Hall, Lifestyl